Ferreri has an important nucleus in western Piedmont, one in the Milanese and one in western Sicily, Ferrerio, very rare is specific to the Milanese, Ferrero is typical of the Cuneo and Turin areas, deriving from nicknames related to the trade of blacksmith (from the Latin faber ferrarius), the southern stocks may also, and most probably, derive from the Spanish (or rather Catalan) word ferrer (blacksmith), this due to the Spanish dominations that particularly affected Southern Italy from the 12th to the 18th century. We find traces of this surname in Milan in a paper of 1512: "... Odettus Vasco castellanus pro Rege Francorum in Capella, sciens Franciscum fratrem suum castellanum Leuci if he dedicated Bartolomeo Ferrerio nomine Mediolanensium ...", and in the second half of the 1500s in Turin with the scholar Johannes Ferrerius. additions provided by Andrea Ferreri - Sesto San Giovanni (MI) Source: Parish Archives of Monforte d'Alba (CN) and Serravalle Langhe (Cn). In Piedmont, the Ferreri surname, prevalent mainly in the Cuneo and Turin areas, is a variant of Ferrero, one of the most typical Piedmontese surnames. The two cognom forms were interchangeable until the second half of the nineteenth century. The singular form indicated a single family member (Ferrero), the plural form the globality of the family (the Ferreri). In the aforementioned parish archives the Ferrero / Ferreri, over the centuries, were registered as follows: Ferrerius (until the mid-seventeenth century); De Ferreris (from 1650 ca to 1750 ca); Ferreri (from 1750 to 1850 ca); with the stabilization and fixation of surnames the singular form took by far the upper hand, while the Ferreri (Piedmontese) constituted a variant.
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